DIY Crafts 201 results

Sesame Street Cookie Buffet

Last week on a trip to Houston to plan my mother's 80th. birthday party for next summer my daughter and I had literally 24 hours to plan and put on a Sesame Street themed party for my sister.  My mother was throwing a birthday party for my sister who has special needs.  When we arrived we found out that my sister really wanted a themed party but my mom just doesn't do themes, her idea of a party is very different form ours.  We wanted to make this party special so we asked my sister what ...

DIY Crochet Elephant Snuggly – FREE Pattern

I have twin grandbabies, Harper and Sadi.  I made them these cute elephant snugglies.  They are very simple to make, they're basically an over-sized granny square with a stuffed elephant head attached to the middle.  It took me just a few hours to make each one. I used the free pattern from DenDennis Amigurumist but added my own border.   For the blue border I used a simple slip stitch/chain 1 pattern all the way around; for the pink one I used a picot type pattern to make it look ...

Crocheted Mermaid Costume for Infants – Free Pattern

My Version I saw this cute mermaid costume on Pinterest.  It was being offered for sale on Etsy.com for just under $50. I really wanted one for my baby granddaughter but wasn't will to spend $50 for it.  I knew I could make it myself if only I could find the right pattern.  I searched online and found several different free patterns.  None of them really worked for me.  I ended up using 3 different patterns and combining the pieces to make the version I ended up ...

DIY Up-Cycled Wine Bottles

Recycled wine bottles have sure come a long way from the old Chianti bottles turned candle holders you see in Italian restaurants.  These days wine bottles aren't recycled, they're "Up-Cycled".  They can be painted, covered in yarn, etched, and glittered.  They can be turned into vases, candle holders, lights, and even chandeliers! Perhaps you'd like to spruce up your decor with an up-cycled wine bottle or two.  It's a great excuse to drink more wine! Don't have wine bottles, you can ...

4th. of July Craft Ideas – Free Templates & Printables

For many of us the 4th. of July means baseball, parades, picnics, barbecues, and other fun family activities.  I'm sure we all have our own special way to celebrate our Nation's Independence Day.  In our house it's definitely a backyard barbecue while the kids light up the yard with sparklers. This year spruce up the house with these 4th. of July Craft Ideas!  You don't need fancy tools to make them, just red, white, and blue paper, cardstock, paint, scissors, and glue.  If you're more ...

Father’s Day Subway Art Tray

Father's Day is June 18th.   This year we'll be home to celebrate the day.  We're usually on vacation and don't really make such a big deal about.  I mean dads are lucky to get a phone call or possibly a tie or bottle of cologne, assuming we remember to pack the gift and take it with us. Since it's so rare that we find ourselves home for Father's Day we'll be celebrating the day the right way!  For sure we'll be grilling steaks in the backyard, that's my husband's favorite meal!  The ...

12 Really Cool DIY Father’s Day Crafts – FREE Printables

Father's Day is June 18 this year.  Sometimes I think Dad's are under appreciated.  Everyone seems to make a big deal on Mother's Day, being a Mom that's just fine by me, but as far back as I can remember Father's Day wasn't such a big deal.  As I child I recall going to the store to buy my Dad a new tie every Father's Day, and perhaps we'd go out to lunch.  When my children were young they'd bring home a Father's Day project from school and buy their Dad a new mug, he doesn't wear ties. ...

Super Easy DIY Party Tassels

Tassels or fringes seem to be all the rage these days.  You can use them as a garland above or under the buffet table, attached to balloons and tissue balls, and pretty much anywhere else you can think of. I love tassels and I thought of many ways I to use them for my mother's 80th. Birthday Party; but when I started shopping for them I was appalled at the price.  The cheapest I found was a tassel kit for $5.98 plus shipping from Just Artifacts.  The kit includes ready to assemble pre-cut ...

Easy Baby Onesie FREE Pattern

I made the adorable crochet baby onesie for my granddaughter Harper, I had to make one for her twin brother too!  My problem was how could I make the onesie more boyish and not so girly girly.  My answer is buttons!  Instead of using crochet ties or ribbons I would use buttons. Button embelishments are really in right now.  You can find some really cool buttons at the sewing/craft department of Walmart, and other craft stores.  I had to modify the pattern just a bit to accommodate button ...

17 DIY Fun & Inexpensive Teacher Gifts – FREE Printables

Hooray!  Summer's almost here!  I'm pretty sure the kids already have their plans for this year's summer vacation, and their teachers are looking forward to a well earned break. Our kids' teachers are probably the some of the most under-appreciated, underpaid, and overworked people in today's workforce.  Most of the teachers I know take on this challenging profession because teaching is their passion. They must be passionate and patient, after all they just spent a school year dealing ...